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Tuesday 25.07.2017 | Name days: Jēkabs, Žaklīna

Politologist: recent events in Turkey will worsen the situation for Europe

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURecent events in Turkey have weakened Europe’s and NATO’s positions. To change the situation, long and difficult discussions between philosophers and European politicians will be necessary, believes politologist Karlis Dauksts.

When asked to commend the recent attempted coup in Turkey and the possible consequences of this for Europe, the politologist noted that the recent events will only bring negative consequences for Europe – it was a serious shock to NATO’s left flank.

«We will feel these consequences, because the anti-European and anti-NATO pressure only increases. Everything points to an increase in instability in countries of that region. There are also bad signals for Latvia as well,» – he added.

Dauksts also said that Europe’s positions are weakening. With that, it is necessary to hold philosophical discussions about the future of Europe, especially because the current ‘survival scenarios’ are not giving positive results.

«A new approach is needed. This will be the next goal for European thinkers, philosophers and politicians,» – believes the politologist.

When asked about rumours recently voiced by the media – as to whether or not the coup was faked by the country’s most influential politician, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Dauksts noted that it is merely a theory that has no real proof.

«This reminds me of the rumours that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev had also somehow known about the coup. No proof has been found to support this rumour to this day, even though Russian media have reported all kinds of theories. We have to be careful with such conclusions and assessments,» – said Dauksts.

265 people were killed in the attempted military coup in Turkey. 161 of them were citizens loyal to president Erdoğan, mostly police officers and civilians.

Erdoğan has called the coup a betrayal and has said that participants of the attempted coup will ‘pay a high price’. Multiple high-rank Turkish military officials have been arrested and more than 2,500 judges have been dismissed in the country so far. Turkish government reports that nearly 3,000 soldiers have been arrested.

Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry urges citizens to reconsider travelling to Turkey. The ministry warns Latvian tourists already in Turkey to avoid locations where violent clashes take place, as well as avoid crowded locations.

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